Touching The Void (in the middle of reading) Joe Simpson “Touching the Void” by Joe Simpson. The story how he and his partner Simon Yates climbed the West Face of Siula Grand, which many had failed to do.
“The camp disappear from view and immediately I because aware of the silence and the solitude of our position. For the first time in my life I knew what it meant to be isolated from people and society. It was so wonderfully calming and tranquil here. I became aware of a feeling of complete freedom – to do what I wanted to do when I wanted to, and it whatever manner. Suddenly the whole day has change. All the lethargy was swept away by invigorating independence.”
This was a quote from Joe Simpson. Before they start their climb at the West Face of Siula Grande, they climbed Rosario Norte, during the climb Joe Simpson notice the “silence and the solitude” being far away from “people and society”. He talks about how he “complete freedom” is “to do what I wanted to do when I wanted to”. He also commented on how by doing what he wanted to do, all his tiredness disappears and was replaced by strength of independence. I think that this was significant to the story because it showed me how much Joe Simpson enjoy mountain climbing. It gave me the impression that, to Joe Simpson mountain climbing is the like his oasis, where he can escape reality and focus on what he really enjoy doing. It was definitely a good start to the book; I really look forward to read about their climb on the West Face of Siula Grande.